Problem with "Sort Artist" field using last names on Touch 2g


ph42rg

New member
Hi, I apologise if this has been discussed elsewhere, but I was unable to find a similar thread on the forum.

My problem is with the way the ipod touch displays artists in "Music". I'll start by telling you how I think things should work, and indeed how they do in iTunes, and on the Touch using Remote.

In iTunes, i choose to sort my artists by last name, like so:

Abba
Aerosmith
Lily Allen
The Animals
Arcade Fire

by applying "Sort Artist: Allen, Lily". When I view them using Browse, I see Lilly Allen under A. This is also true when viewed through the remote on my Touch, with no problems.

However, when I sync my touch, any artists tagged in itunes as "Last Name, First Name" display in the Touch's Music app like this, with the First Name letter displayed as the header:

A
Abba
Aerosmith
L
Lily Allen
A
The Animals
Arcade Fire

which is surely not right. This same problem happens for every artist with Sort Artist tagged "Last Name, Firstname", for all soundtrack and compilation artists (ticking the "Part of a Compilation" setting has no effect on the Touch), but this does not affect artists sorted without "The" - they are displayed correctly. And the 2.2.1 update has made no difference. I have tried tagging and retagging the files with different settings in Artist, Album Artist, Sort Artist and Sort Album Artist, to no avail.

Has anyone else had this happen, or know a way to stop it? I uploaded some pictures to photobucket but I am unable to post them since I am a new member.

Your assistance is much appreciated,

Robert
 

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